Vail Christian aims for expansion |

Vail Christian aims for expansion

Cindy Ramunno
V Christian HS land BH 9-22/Bret's Edit Vail Daily/ Bret Hartman The land just west of Edwards across Highway 6 from St. Clare of Asissi church is the future site of the new Vail Christian High School.

Plans are in the works for a new campus for Vail Christian High School students, to be built just west of Edwards. The summer groundbreaking will lead to a 2005-06 school year opening, if all goes according to schedule.

The final details for the buildings’ floor plans and exterior look are being created. The campus will consist of two buildings – an academic building and a sports/fine arts center with natural materials complementing the natural setting along the Eagle River. The riverside location will provide a backdrop for teaching classes with outdoor spaces being used for teaching spaces as well.

“The architects have taken advantage of our splendid location on the Eagle River,” says Steve Glandorf, principal of the high school.

Students, staff members and parents said they are excited about the new buildings.

“We love Vail Christian and are excited for the new campus,” said Patty Parker, mother of two girls who attend Vail Christian. Parker said that even without the new buildings, she thinks Vail Christian is a great school. She prefers the Christian-based education for her children even though she said she thought highly of the public schools, too.

This year’s freshmen class at the high school is at capacity with 32 students, and next year’s class is anticipated to fill up as well. Students have been recognized regionally and statewide for accomplishments in sports, music and science-based programs.

Glandorf said that although the modular buildings have served the students well to get established, it’s time to take the next step.

“This will take Vail Christian High into the future with the school equipped for college prep academics, thriving athletic programs and an expanded music program,” he said.

The high school has filled a niche by offering a rigorous academic curriculum complemented by athletics, music and drama programs, officials said. Although the new facility will allow for increased enrollment, the school’s class size will remain no more at than 18 students in core curriculum subjects. The school plans to open with 128 students and in the future will not exceed 250 students, ensuring parents and community that the school will continue the tradition of smaller numbers, officials said.

“Being across from St. Clare’s is key,” said Director of Development Eileen Jacobs. “It’s exciting that people have so many educational choices in our valley. It’s easy to find the right fit for your kids.”

Parents of students at the school will soon receive information on the new campus.

For more information, call Shelley Gile at 926-3015.

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